Wednesday, March 25, 2015

It's a feast day miracle!!!!

We are going to take a break from Lent today, and say "hallelujah, Jesus has been found!!!" A few months back my mom sent Gabriella a little nativity set that consisted of Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus. G loved the little baby Jesus so much she took him everywhere with her, and lo and behold before long He was missing. I searched high and low for this little baby, because every time G would see the empty manger she would bring it to me and say "gone?" very sadly. Today, however, on the feast of the Annunciation, when we celebrate the "yes" of Mary, I was walking out of the bedroom and stepped on little baby Jesus. How in the world did little baby Jesus end up on the floor outside of my bedroom? I've been looking for Him for months. 
He is now safe in this bowl, and G is ecstatic!
The family has been reunited. A miracle, I tell you. 

On this note of finding Jesus, I really believe that we don't always find Jesus, He finds us. He takes us right where we are and brings us back to Him, wherever we need to be. I don't think that our mama Mary was necessarily seeking a visit from the angel. But our Lord found her and drew her right to where she needed to be to say "yes" to Him. I hope I can say "yes" to Him often, everyday, in fact (I just hope He doesn't plan on reminding me He's everywhere by me stepping on Him first thing in the morning...it never sounds good when you say you stepped on baby Jesus). 

I hope you have a happy feast day. I hope you have cake, or ice cream, or if you're like me a giant cup of coffee, followed by a large glass of wine. I hope you do something that reminds you of how blessed we are to have a perfect model of a mama, who constantly is showing us the way back to her Son. We take a break out of the season of Lent to celebrate, so celebrate! 
"O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee"

Friday, March 20, 2015

Bowtoons and Chocolate Chips...

Parent of the year signing on for the first time in a couple of months...I know you all missed me. Happy first day of Spring, happy snowy first day of Spring.  Seriously??  Have we not enjoyed the snow enough?  I guess not.  I am the worst mother ever because I hate taking my kids out in the snow...I mean hate it.  Which often results in extremely hyper littles later in the day.  So I do laps with them around the living room/kitchen. It also doubles as my exercise some days.  And I need that exercise because of this which I am currently getting ready to try right now.  Don't judge me, I know it's Lent...I also know that I will die if I don't have coffee, and that would be super tough on Marty. So go with me here.
okay we're ready...

Gabriella has been obsessed with Minnie's BowToons for awhile now...it's so funny how incredibly girly she is sometimes.  I love it.  When she cuddles down for a good BowToons marathon she always asks for chocolate chips...got to love a girl who knows what she needs.  But in all seriousness we have been working really hard to simplify our lives this Lent.  So not so many BowToons and chocolate chips...and it is HARD with kids to really live simply and actively pray through the day. But speaking of a girl knowing herself a fantastic priest friend of mine told me that the key to holiness is knowing yourself, and knowing that "your self" has changed since becoming a mother. This could not be more incredibly true. There are a lot of days I berate myself for not "spending time in prayer" when in reality I DO spend a lot of time in prayer but my prayer looks much different now that I am a mother.  And I have to not only accept that but embrace it.  My Vocation went from "wife" to "wife and mother" and that is a beautiful thing.

So prayer is different, life is different, and right now my coffee is different, different and delicious.  I mean, seriously, when has Ree ever steered us wrong?  I am going to continue to try this Lent to live simply, Marty and I have talked about a million (or maybe 20 things) that we could do...one of them is not using the stove on Fridays during Lent.  Which is much harder than I thought it would be...but reminds us that there are so many people who don't have hot meals...and I know I sound all preachy and you're thinking to yourself that I'm drinking hot coffee with butter in it but hey, we all have to start somewhere, okay?  Living simply will be different for everyone because, let's be honest, motherhood looks different with everyone...as much as I aspire to the Pinterest mama, it might not be in my immediate (or extended) future.  But doing the best we can with what (and who) we're given is exactly what God calls us to.  Some days that is a marathon of BowToons and some days it's making sure that my babies get out of the house...God calls us all to our own holiness and as long as our eyes are on Him, it's the best path we can walk....so that's that.

In the meantime, I am going to research the evils of foam play mats and their alternative so I don't end up killing my kids...geez is there anything easy out there?  I mean come on, I just need to stop reading altogether I think.  But that's another soapbox for another day...today I just need to drink my coffee and embrace my Vocation....

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